An Abalone game review, by Slouching towards Thatcham (reblog)

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Abstract (themeless) strategy games such as chess, draughts, Go and Reversi/Othello are among the most popular and enduring that people play. How does Abalone stack up against these? I was provided with a copy of this game for review purposes. The first thing you notice when you open Abalone’s eye-catching hexagonal box is how simple […]

I was provided with a copy of this game for review purposes.

The first thing you notice when you open Abalone’s eye-catching hexagonal box is how simple its contents are. Two pleasingly solid sets of 14 marbles – one black, one white – and a black hexagonal board. That’s it.

There are no convoluted rules to learn: it’s more like draughts than chess in this respect. The instruction booklet, such as it is, is just four pages long. From opening up the packaging, you can be all clued up and playing for the first time within five minutes.

The board itself initially seems light and plasticky but is actually strong and durable and stands up to repeated play. It comprises 61 holes that can hold individual marbles. A six-sided ‘moat’ runs around the outside, ready to catch any marbles that are pushed over the edge.

And that’s the aim of Abalone… [Read more on Abalone game review — Slouching towards Thatcham]

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About unequal fights

September 23, 2018


Engraving representing Pierre Corneille, 17th century, Bibliothèque nationale de France.

“Spare my courage an unequal battle;
There is no honour for me in victory:
The lack of risk will deny me glory.”

(Le Cid, Act 2, Scene 2, 1637 – Translated by A. S. Kline, 2007)

Pierre Corneille, French tragedian (1606-1684)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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Abalone World Championship 2018 – Round 6 – Player n°6 vs. Player n°9 (White’s POV)

Korean daisy, by Hyunmin Kim

Here is a highly interesting balanced variation! It was created by the young Hyunmin KIM, from South Korea, on Monday 20, August 2018, in London, UK, during the Abalone World Championship 2018:


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(The original picture. Click to enlarge)

Please try it and tell us about it! (:

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Freedom means responsibility.

March 4, 2018


Ursula K. Le Guin (the picture comes from here)

“What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice.”

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, American novelist (1929-2018)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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(screenshot of the latest version of Laurent Pagli’s program ULA. Click to enlarge.)

You play Black. You must decide!

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This series of quotes is about Anarchy, Freedom, and disobedience to the arbitrary imposed rules.

See also : Sons of Strategy

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Paint it Black… and White!

January 7, 2018


Maureen O’Hara in the 1950s.

“In the beginning it was all black and white.”

Maureen O’Hara, American-Irish actress (1920-2015)

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The planet Abalonia, in a galaxy far, far away… ^^

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Abalone New Edition 2017 by Asmodée

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.